As the Australians landed on the shores of Pakistan after 24 years, fans were expecting a thrilling contest between two tough sides. However, the flat track which had nothing for the bowlers received criticism not only from the fans but also from the former greats of Pakistan. David Warner has now said that he expects a better pitch for the second test match which will commence on the 12th of March.
“I just want a game where you can actually create 20 chances,” Warner said on Thursday. “It’s something that’s going to be exciting and entertaining for the crowd,” Warner said during an interview.
The criticism of preparing a flat track at Rawalpindi was so much that the PCB chairman had to give an explanation on the PCB’s Youtube channel. The chairman acknowledged that the pitch was under par and that Pakistan couldn’t have afforded to experiment to produce lively pitches that would have favored the powerhouse Australians who are coming from a dominating Ashes victory.
The Australians were able to grab only 4 wickets in the match and Warner said that the pitch wasn’t producing any effect even when veteran spinner Nathan Lyon was hitting the rough.
“When he (Lyon) was hitting that rough, it wasn’t doing anything, was just pretty much going straight on slow off the wicket, There wasn’t any variable bounce, which you generally do see on worn wickets.”
Earlier, Pat Cummins too acknowledged that the pitch was prepared in order to nullify the pace bowling. He however did not use harsh words but looked at the positive scenario stating that the workload of the fast bowlers (in the Rawalpindi Test match) was less than what it is usually in test matches in Australia. The second test match at Karachi is expected to be spin-friendly.